Video Games

Games Review: Jump Force marries bad fanfiction with worse graphics

February 16, 2019

Most of us went through a Shonen Jump phase at one point or another in our lives, whether it was inspired by Naruto, Goku, Ichigo or any of the other dozens of characters that have shined in the magazine over the years. Jump Force brings their worlds back to life, leveraging the nostalgia and dedication […]

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Crackdown 3‘s Director Goodwin is the one villain the game won’t let me kill

February 16, 2019

Crackdown 3 is a game about an agency of highly trained, superpowered cops taking back the city of New Providence from the claws of an evil corporate empire called Terranova. Each sector of the city is overseen by a different brutal crimelord under Terranova’s control. The game’s main campaign has the player baiting these supervillains […]

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Games Review: Crackdown 3 is not the platform exclusive the Xbox One badly needs right now

February 15, 2019

I think we all knew, deep down, that Crackdown 3 was never going to be anything special. Years of delays don’t seem to have given developer Sumo Digital the space they needed to build on even the original game’s most basic concepts. It seems content to replicate the parts of the original that worked best […]

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Games Review: Far Cry: New Dawn puts insanity back in the spotlight

February 14, 2019

If I know one thing, it’s that the Far Cry series has always found its beauty amongst the insanity. From highlights like Far Cry 3, it’s safe to say the series had morphed from a tropical survival experience into an insane holiday of blood, hallucinations and chaos. Far Cry: New Dawn stands as a worthy […]

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Games Review: Aragami: Shadow Edition rewards patience with deeply satisfying stealth

February 14, 2019

Aragami: Shadow Edition is a rather clever blend of modern stealth elements and old school action-adventure. Its most obvious mechanical influence seems to be Tenchu: Stealth Assassins with a little of Splinter Cell‘s shadow cover thrown in for good measure. It adopts an animated look reminiscent of Okami. Indeed, like Okami, Aragami is steeped in […]

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Games Review: The Stillness of the Wind is a game of great peace and sadness

February 14, 2019

The Stillness of the Wind is a melancholy tale and one that frequently had me in tears, even if it was hard to articulate why. The premise is simple — you play as Talma, an old woman who lives on a farm. As the years have gone by, the people in Talma’s life have left […]

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Games Review: Metro Exodus’ post-apocalyptic Russia is terrifyingly beautiful

February 14, 2019

Now is as good a time as any for 4A Games’ Metro franchise to emerge from its dank subterranean setting and venture out into a terribly unforgiving post-apocalyptic Russia. It’s what series protagonist Artyom has strived for all these years after all, setting out on an ambitious adventure across harsh tundras, spooky desserts and mysterious […]

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Games Review: Apex Legends is the best Battle Royale title in the world right now

February 13, 2019

I haven’t enjoyed any title in the Battle Royale genre before Apex Legends. Not one. To date, my firmly held opinion has been that BR is a multiplayer mode that has risen well above its station, lacking the substance required to be a genre unto itself. Apex Legends not only changed my opinion on Battle […]

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Activision Blizzard sacks 8% of its workforce despite “record” revenues

February 13, 2019

Activision Blizzard has laid off 800 people, a total 8% of the company’s entire workforce after ~only~ making an extra $100 million in profit last year. As retrenched employees began to tweet that they were out of a job, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told shareholders the company had experienced a record year, raking in […]

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Games Review: OlliOlli Switch Stance is better than Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. There, I said it.

February 13, 2019

There are only four good skateboarding video games, and the OlliOlli series are two of them.* Roll7’s OlliOlli and its follow-up OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood are side-scrolling skateboarding titles that are all about putting the sickest runs together and racking up massive score multipliers. Both games have a deceptively simple 2D look that belie […]

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Games Review: Astroneer lets you science the sh*t out of this, together

February 9, 2019

Astroneer has a lot in common with No Man’s Sky. It has a lot of the same ideas, the same goals, but its ambition is much smaller. This is in no way a bad thing. There’s less flying around the galaxy looking for planets and more spending time on planets, mining deep into their crust […]

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Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 3 is the wave of wholesome joy we all need in our lives right now

February 7, 2019

The day has finally arrived. Almost 14 years after Kingdom Hearts II was released to critical acclaim on the PS2, its long awaited follow up Kingdom Hearts III is here. But fans of the series — which melded the Final Fantasy and Disney universes a decade before the company acquired the Marvel Cinematic Universe — […]

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Games Review: 2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL is a clunky, modern twist on a classic formula

February 7, 2019

There was a time when point-and-click adventures ruled the roost, with companies like LucasArts churning out hit after hit between Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island Grim Fandango and Full Throttle. Since the 1980s, video game technologies have advanced unbelievably, opening up a diverse range of options for gameplay, allowing sprawling open world adventures […]

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God Eater 3: Ranking The Cute Anime Boys of the Ashlands

February 7, 2019

Over the last week, I’ve been playing God Eater 3. It’s a snappy, mayhem-filled romp where you take down titanic beasts called Aragami with your team of fellow God Eaters. The game is filled with cool swords, cool guns and cool combat. One might say it just oozes cool. But, I’m not actually here to […]

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Tech Review: The HyperX Alloy Core RGB is a great gaming keyboard under $100

February 6, 2019

I really like HyperX’s keyboards. I’m on record as a fan of their gear. The thing is, I’ve really only had experience with their top-of-the-line mechanical boards. The HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard is not one of these top-of-the-line boards. But just because it isn’t a mechanical board doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your […]

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Games Preview: The Division 2 focuses on the endgame, would like you to stick around this time

February 5, 2019

If you haven’t checked in on the original Tom Clancy’s The Division in a while, it might surprise you to know that that game is in the best shape of its life right now. Numerous development studios within Ubisoft, including lead developer Massive Entertainment and multiplayer specialist Ubisoft Annecy, have regularly added new content throughout […]

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Games Review: Wargroove is the Advance Wars revival of your dreams

February 4, 2019

It’s been 16 years since the release of Intelligent Systems’ Advance Wars 2, widely considered one of the greatest turn-based strategy titles ever made, and 11 years since Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (titled Days of Ruin in the US). The intervening period saw the popularity of Intelligent’s Fire Emblem series explode in the West, an unexpected turn […]

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Games Preview: Playing Crackdown 3 feels like opening a time capsule

February 2, 2019

After spending three and a half hours with Crackdown 3, I’m still not sure I know how to feel about it. On one hand, Crackdown 3‘s multiplayer is superlative and legitimately thrilling, a mix of classic Quake III era team deathmatch with modern mobility and verticality. On the other, the time I spent with the early […]

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Can’t afford to visit NZ IRL? Virtual Wellington will get you there for free

January 30, 2019

Gamification in the tech industry is nothing new. Apps like Habitica have taken even the most mundane tasks like ticking items off a checklist and turned them into a role playing game in which you, personally, are the star. You might think that’s pretty full on, but hold on a sec because it gets way […]

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Games Review: Pikuniku‘s charming visuals mask a surprisingly sinister adventure

January 29, 2019

Pikuniku is an absurd, charming little game from the folks at Devolver Digital, and one that is absolutely fascinating. Styled after the whimsical platformer titles of the PS2 era like Loco Roco and Katamari Damacy, Pikuniku follows the struggles of a little red blob as he awakens in a strange land filled with shiny, happy […]

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